Kaibosh Food Rescue hosts annual Spring for Kaibosh fundaiser
Where would Wellington be without Kaibosh?
Kaibosh Food Rescue has been bringing food to hungry Wellingtonians for nine years. The organisation collects quality surplus food and distributes it to charities and other community groups.
General manager Matt Dagger says that, before the rescue service started, perfectly good food was being wasted.
"It was largely ending up in landfill. This is beautiful quality food being thrown away at the same time people were going hungry."
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The organisation now collects an average two tonnes of food a month, which equates to more than 55,000 meals.
Since 2008 they have provided more than two million meals to hungry Wellingtonians. "It's a lot of food, and it's really good food."
He says fresh fruit and vegetables made up 60 per cent of food rescued, which is typically the least affordable food source for people who are struggling.
By providing food Kaibosh aims to solve an immediate issue, hunger, but they also help people on the road to independence through charities and other organisations.
"Food is such an important conduit to get people in the doors so they can so they can get this other support.
"The philosophy behind it is by providing food to these organisations we're helping them save money so they can focus on provision of core services, be it budgeting, social workers, or health workers."
More than 5000 people a month rely on food distributed by Kaibosh.
The organisation includes more than 160 volunteers across two sites in the Wellington region.
"It's really the volunteers that make the magic happen. But we're also very reliant on the support of the public financially to keep the facilities going."
Their annual fundraiser, Spring for Kaibosh, is happening at Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant this Saturday.
The event includes live music, auctions, raffles and special menu items. All money raised will go towards operating costs.
"It's not very sexy but we do have to pay for gasoline, pay for rent, power, all the different costs of running an organisation."
Dagger says there's room to expand the food service so it can reach more donors and hungry people.
"There's still more food to be rescued and there are still people out there who are struggling that need assistance. We can't solve all their problems, but what we can do is solve the food insecurity."
* Spring for Kaibosh is on Saturday, October 14 from 4pm at Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant, Abel Smith St.